Our argument every time is developed in the three different phases, whose names took inspiration from groove and whose content changes according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.
“Can you guess the drummer’s name playing only by hearing a whatever song, without prior reading the credits?”
When you are a long-time fan you are supposed to have a good music background on the music scenario of your generation and supposed to have some information on the current musicians. You are supposed that when you hear the first notes of whatever song, you should be able to recognize performers, song title, … at least! What about each instrument player you hear: can you name him, as if blindfold, with no help of the prior reading the credits off the CD inlay card?
TOUR DE FORCE
When we were early teens we were used to tease each other with quizzes and riddles on our songs and “their accessories”: it was an amazing game that helped us to keep our mind “alive” and the names, facts, anecdotes we gradually found out in this game grew as the news that shaped our background. It was just a fun game, with no pressure, no insults or obscenity thrown to the ones who said it wrong. Within the musicians’ names to guess there was also the drummers’ name: drummers are known to be hidden behind their drum kit, so fans are used to give him less “importance” than the one they’d deserve: the consequence is that the drum players are the hardest names to guess and if you knew the name you were more respected!
The “guess who plays what” game winner is the one music fan who really has a “global” ear: he’s one who is an avid listener and a true, complete lover of music; a curious music guy, also, who is 100% interested on his favourite music. The “pundit’s” weak point is that maybe is not very keen to share the info he owns, he comes across to be a “conservative” fan.
How to tease the fans’ “global ears”? We’d put him under test with the most unknown hits, that is songs that are charting and that are successful, but their performers are not so famous. Example? The “Italo-disco” artists! Those music acts had amazing drum beats, so much it seemed they were technically done by “professional” more famous drummers.
How to tease the drummers’ “professional ears”? We’d put him under test to co-workers who play on other different music genres than theirs. Is the metal music drummer able to recognize, to guess one playing on a Latin pop music? Ha!
In the end, we guess drummers are the ones who more easily should recognize who plays on, more easily than the fans can do: fans mostly search for fun.
DD TV xx